joeygoldnheart

Joey Gold'n Heart

 

ILR # 291483

male  b. 10-12-2016

Eagles' Nest' Americus (aka "Bull") x Rosa O'Joy

Joey has truly exceptional bone and muscle, an inquisitive, intelligent mind, surprising agility and jaw-dropping endurance ... all with an excellent classic coat icing his physical cake. We expect Joey to mature around 44" (both parents are in that ballpark) and to fulfill the destiny his packing ancestors endowed him with, but right now he's still growing and figuring out life. Everybody (human) loves Joey and wants to claim him; Joey likes everybody 'cuz humans are all fascinating, but would rather wrestle and chase with his llama buddies. We'll see how things play out as he matures.

We are always looking for exceptional pack breeding stock with exceptional Classic coats and superior dispositions, preferably with relatives who aren't heavily promoted and genalogies that both are outcrosses to our stock and aren't already over-represented in the larger gene pool ... and 99.9% of the time, we either strike out completely or settle for better-than-average body, coat and sanity plus "outcrosses to our stock". Right after we acquired Duke and Longmire, Joey kinda found us. He was sold before weaning along with his mother into a home that was building a group of mature working female packers. Joey was much loved, but everybody knew that (1) he wasn't getting the proper llama education with no males or geldings to learn manners from and (2) he wasn't female, and thus would be a management hassle (separate facilities) even if castrated.

Fortunately everyone's path intersected at exactly the right time, and Joey came to Lost Creek Llamas for his remedial social education ... painful for it's delay, but all the more necessary for Joey to become a solid llama citizen.

Joey certainly fits every criteria that we can test before maturity, and because most of his immediate ancestors (paternal and maternal) are proven packers, we are very optimistic that he will in fact eventually join our select group of Classic studs.

Joey is extra-special to us because he is a grandson of Gold'n Hawk, who left us all too soon, and with no offspring. Joey has inherited every one of Hawk's unique and desireable qualities that we had very much hoped to add to our breeding herd, and that's not insignificant — the odds of getting even one llama with all of these characteristics when breeding sustainable numbers is low; the likelihood of getting that same llama two generations later is truly miniscule. We know that Joey is a very special treasure indeed, and are grateful that he has been entrusted to us.

Joey came with his call name (Joey) and a partially-complete registration form, leaving us to flesh out a suitable registered name. "Gold'n Heart" perfectly reflects Joey's kind soul, and we chose the spelling to honor his beloved grandsire (who was also definitely not gold-colored).